Founded in 2008, Blockfest grew in a short period of time from a club environment into Ratina’s open-air milieu and is currently the biggest hiphop festival in Nordic countries. The event has been sold out already in advance ten times in a row. It is a three-time nominee in the national Industry Awards gala.
In previous years, the following acts have been performing at Blockfest among others: Wu-Tang Clan, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Nas, A$AP Rocky, Wiz Khalifa, Post Malone, Suicideboys, Migos, Lil Wayne, G-Eazy, Mobb Deep, Ferg, Big Sean, T.I, Young Thug, Rick Ross, Ty Dolla $ign, Skepta, Bun B, Clipse, Tory Lanez, Talib Kweli and Mac Miller.
Besides the festival, Blockfest has also brought names like Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd to Finland for their very first concert in here.
There is no age limit for Blockfest. However, we don’t recommend the festival for children under 15 years of age due to the nature of the event.
It’s easy to travel to Tampere and to the festival area. Tampere Stadium serves as a great landmark at the city centre.
By car: There are several parking garages in the center of Tampere. You can find more info from the Finnpark website.
By bus: Tampere bus station is only a few hundred meters from the festival area. Check out the directions from Google Maps.
By train: When you arrive to Tampere and come out of the train station through the main doors, you can easily locate the department store Stockmann along Hämeenkatu. Continue down that street until you arrive at Keskustori and from there turn left and ascend to Laukontori. Check out the directions from Google Maps.
By plane: The Tampere-Pirkkala airport is located only fifteen kilometers from the festival area. You can reach the festival area with just one bus.
Local public transport: You can find more information about the public transport system in the Tampere region through here. To order a taxi, call 0100 4131.
ACCESSIBILITY AND ASSISTANTS
The accessible entrance of Blockfest will be implemented through the Laukonsilta bridge. The assistant to a disabled person can enter the festival free of charge. This requires that both arrive to the event at the same time. Please be prepared to show your assistant card at the gates.
The festival area is located in downtown Tampere, Finland. Tampere Stadium (also known as Ratina Stadium) and the scenic Ratinanniemi festival park will jointly form the surroundings for Blockfest 2018. High-quality restaurant services, versatile outlets and three stages full of live music will entertain you during the weekend.
FOOD AND DRINKS
You can bring your own 0,5 liter empty plastic bottle to the festival area. We have two water faucets for refilling your water bottle. In addition to that, we naturally sell water bottles during the festival. Bringing your own alcoholic beverages to the area is absolutely forbidden.
You can also bring your own, small snacks to the area. Nevertheless, Blockfest isn’t a picnic kind of event. We have high-quality licensed areas and food stalls, which are open from the beginning of the festival on both days. We only make exceptions (for bigger snacks) if you have a special diet due to bad allergy or other medical condition.
CAMERAS AND RECORDING DEVICES
You can bring your cell phone, a small automatic camera, or Go Pro. System cameras, video cameras, voice recorders, and selfie sticks are not allowed.
In addition to system cameras, video cameras, recorders and self-timers, prohibited items include, umbrellas, jars, cans, alcoholic beverages, drugs, e-liquids, weapons and other objects or devices that cause the danger.
If you it is necessary to bring the area of drugs, please take care that this is a prescription or a medical certificate included.
The legendary afterparties of Blockfest will take over the whole downtown of Tampere. Usually the performers of Blockfest will do surprise live gigs at the official afterparty venues. The official afterparty venues of Blockfest 2018 and their lineups will be published during the summer of 2019.
NB! Each venue has a limited capacity, so we can not guarantee an entry for a specific venue if it’s already full. So please arrive early and remember all the other official options when considering the afterparty venue.
VALUES OF BLOCKFEST
Blockfest has never accepted racism and will not accept it in the future either. The festival has consistently followed the idea of bringing different kinds of visitors together by showcasing as many different aspects of the hip-hop culture as possible. Thus meaning that the lineup – both locally and globally – has been versatile since the beginning. Blockfest promotes equality, fellowship and appreciation for different cultures.
Enjoyable atmosphere and respect for other visitors are vital elements in a mass event like Blockfest. We have zero tolerance for violence and aggressive behavior. So when you arrive to the festival to have fun, please take all the other visitors into account and make sure they are able to enjoy their stay as well. Hip-hop culture unites people irrespective of age, gender, cultural background, religion or superficial factors. It DOES NOT distinguish or discriminate people.
BLOCKFEST <3 ENVIRONMENT
Blockfest will be the neatest hip-hop festival in Nordic countries!
Blockfest strives to be the forerunner amongst the Finnish city festivals in terms of environmental issues. We want to arrange the event by allowing the least possible disturbance to the surrounding nature or to nearby residents. We’re proud of our hometown Tampere and we want to keep it as clean as possible.
The most direct environmental effects are the garbage in and outside of the festival area, in addition to the possible noise problems caused to nearby residents. We’re preventing cleanliness problems by guiding our visitors in advance through our various channels. In short, we recommend people to respect the nature while also giving tips for proper festival behavior.
We prepare the area for the festival weekend with excellent resources: there will be more toilet areas, trash cans and cleanliness employees than the authorities impose. Our dedicated project coordinator constructs an annual cleanliness plan.
Blockfest tries to control the side-effects in the nearby houses by fencing entrances to their courtyards and hiring security guards to prevent all types of possible vandalism during the weekend. Our cleanliness patrol also operates on the nearby areas as well as the festival area.
Blockfest also has its own sound specialist and technical team, that have composed a noise abatement plan taking nearby residents into account regarding the possible environmental noise. The nearby residents will be notified about the use of audio output devices in advance. We also have an impartial observer who measures and supervises that the festival will stay within the given decibel limits.
Blockfest was granted Ekokompassi tapahtuma certificate in 2015 (as the first music festival in Tampere) for its efforts on behalf of the environment.
In a nutshell: return your cans to the deposit points and clean up your garbage instead of throwing it to the ground. There will be numerous toilet areas at the festival. Respect the nearby residents by being polite. This way you will enable music events like Blockfest to be arranged in these circumstances also in the future.
STREET TEAM / VOLUNTARY WORK
Unfortunately we don’t have any open spots available for new promoters.
The application period for voluntary work will be open near the summer.
Accreditation for Blockfest will open during the spring. It is aimed at the media representatives and music industry professionals who’ll be working at the festival.
For the press purposes, please look for the media page.
WANT SOME MORE INFO?
Enquiries and other questions via email: info(at)blockfest.fi or via Facebook Messenger. Instagram & Snapchat are not used for customer service.
We will update this page with more info closer to the event.
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